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Bernstein Century - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, Etc


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61556   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains the CD premiere of Leonard Bernstein's 1958 recording of Tchaikovsky's Fourth. The Royal Edition previously offered his remake of a decade later, which featured a faster scherzo, extra cymbal crashes in the finale, and some of the most terrible recorded sound ever afforded an orchestra. As transferred to CD, it was absolutely unlistenable. Thank heavens, then, that this earlier version has finally appeared in a first rate remastering. I actually prefer the slower scherzo, and there's certainly no lack of brilliance elsewhere. The first movement is both exciting and expressive, the andante appropriately simple and unmannered at the proper flowing tempo, and the finale typically vulgar and fun. Bernstein's Capriccio italien Read more was always one of the best, and it still is. This release fills an important gap in Lenny's discography.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/30/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 46 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/16/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 15 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Andante sostenuto; Moderato
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo, pizzicato ostinato
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  Wow!! Pure Tchaikovsky/Bernstein Magic!! August 31, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA) See All My Reviews "One of the great classical composers ever! One of the great conductors ever! Both in their primes! Both capable of tearing your heart out. The previous reviewer had it right when he said that Bernstein looked like he was winding up to throw a fast ball on the cover photo. And Lenny is delivering a home run! Both Tchaikovsky and Lenny were capable of great passion in their music, and they both deliver here. When he wrote this symphony, Tchaik was in the most tragic and emotional period of his life - his short-lived and ill-fated marriage. He poured his feelings into this work. Yet, as always, the great genius found a way in the fourth movement to convey a sense of optimism for the future. Lenny, in his dramatic interpretation, wrings every drop of emotion and passion from the score.

The Capricio Italiano is equally well written by Tchaik and interpreted by LB, but the Fourth Symphony is so breath-taking and well done that it defies comparison with anything I have heard in recent memory.

This is a must-have CD. As far as quality is concerned, it is worth several times the minimal price at which it is offered. A rare treat. Highly recommended!!!!"
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